Eastern Michigan University
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Sadaf Ali

Assistant Professor of Electronic Media and Film Studies

Sadaf Ali 106 Quirk




  • PhD – Communication, Wayne State University, expected 2013
  • MA - Journalism, emphasis in Broadcast, Columbia College-Chicago, 2002
  • BA - English, emphasis in Non-fiction Writing, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • National Communication Association
  • International Communication Association
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAT 130 - Introduction to Electronic Media
  • CTAT 446 - Contemporary Problems in Electronic Media



Sadaf R. Ali is a former television and radio news reporter and has worked for mainstream and ethnic media in Ohio and Michigan. Sadaf earned her M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia College-Chicago in 2002, examining capital punishment and the ensuing moratorium in Illinois. She is currently a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University focusing on risk/crisis information, securitization, race, and audience attitudes towards messages originating from traditional and social media sources. Sadaf is a quantitative researcher, who favors content analysis and experimental design as her methodologies of choice. Recent publications include:

Ali, S., Fahmy, F. (In press) Gatekeeping & Citizen Journalism: The use of social media during the recent uprisings  in Iran, Egypt, and Libya. Media, War & Conflict.

Ali, S. & Fahmy, S. (In press). The icon of the Egyptian revolution: Using social media in the toppling of a Mideast Government. In Ralph Berenger (Eds.), Social Media Go to War—Civil Unrest, Rebellion and Revolution in the Age of Twitter. Marquette Books LLC.

Ali, S., James, D., and Vultee, F. (In press). Strike a pose: Comparing Associated Press and UNICEF visual representations of the children of Darfur. African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review (ACPR).

In 2010, Sadaf was part of an Emmy award winning project titled: The MATRIX: Commemorating Walter P. Reuther, Union Activist.  Currently, she is working on another documentary examining Islamic prison ministry in Michigan.


The Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344